Guitar Fret Finger Placement

A big confusion plaguing so many beginning guitar players in leaning scales is: What fingers do I use when playing scales? How come I see some great guitar players use their pinky and some who don’t? Is it a hard wired rule that I must use my pinky? How come I see a lot great …
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G Major Scale 3 Note / String Guitar Fingerings Diagrams

The guitar scales fret-board diagrams below are the (3 Note / String Fingerings) for the G Major Scale. The numbers in the guitar scales fret-board diagrams represent the fretting finger placement. This article builds off of my last post (Major Scale – 3 Note / String – 6 Note Shapes). This fingering is very popular …
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Pentatonic Scale Inside The Major Scale On Guitar

Note: Please read article post Understanding Scale Modes to help prepare for Pentatonic Scale Inside The Major Scale On Guitar This article post is about the scale myth and confusion of how the Pentatonic Scale relates to the Major Scale. The biggest confusion is what key am I really playing in when I am working …
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A Blues Scale All Guitar Fingering Positions

Here is the A Blues Scale on guitar showing all 6 fingering positions.The A Blues Scale is the Minor Pentatonic Scale with a passing tone (b5 or diminish 5th) note added to it. The A Blues Scale usually works with every position where you would play the pentatonic scale. The added (b5) note gives the …
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Understand Major Scale Modes On The Guitar

Understanding Major Scales Modes seems to be the most confusing area of learning scales on guitar for a lot of people. Now there’s guitar scales explained in an easy to understand way. The biggest problem is how to simplify it at a level where people can grasp the order and concept. I suggest that you …
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Harmonic Minor Scale On Guitar

A Harmonic Minor Scale On Guitar Exploring the A Harmonic Minor Scale On Guitar. The harmonic minor scale is created by changing the last note of the A Aeolian natural minor scale. If you raise the Minor 7th (b7) up a half step to the Major 7th (7) as shown in the scale fingering (Fret …
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The E Phrygian Scale Mode

The guitar fret-board scales diagram below display the E Phrygian Scale Mode. The Phrygian Scale Mode is the 3rd degree of Major Scale (Ionian Mode). The scale formula for the Phrygian mode is(1, b2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7). The Phrygian Scale Mode is a minor mode because of the (1 b3, 5) triad intervals …
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The D Dorian Scale Mode

The guitar scales fret-board diagrams shown below display the D Dorian Scale Mode. The Dorian Scale Mode is the 2nd degree of the Major Scale (Ionian Mode). In playing scales on guitar the big confusion of understanding major scale modes is that people think your playing in another scale. It is the same scale of …
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Major Scale Harmony & Scale Relationship Chart

The Major Scale has 7 mode degrees  I – Aeolian, ii – Dorian, iii – Phrygian, IV- Lydian, V – Mixolydian, vi – Aeolian, vii – Locrian. If the scale has a Major 3rd the roman numerals are upper case letters and Minor 3rd lower case letters. Each scale can have can have a match …
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Hybrid Blues Scales and Passing Tone Notes

Here are some Hybrid scale examples that you can explore with the Guitar Analyzer Software. These scales can created by adding notes or moving notes to the Minor Pentatonic Scale. I’ll start with the adding note scale examples. The first Blues Scale example is a very common scale used in Blues and Rock, the A …
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